With the NBA releasing the schedule for the upcoming season, LA Clippers fans can begin to look forward to what should be a promising year at Staples Center.
The Clippers’ depth across several positions will encourage some interesting training camp battles. Jawun Evans, a promising young guard from Oklahoma State, will compete for one of those spots.
As a rookie, Evans was forced into more minutes than he otherwise would have received. While the original plan might have been to see extended time with the Agua Caliente Clippers of the G League, Evans saw a regular role for head coach Doc Rivers.
Evans averaged 4.8 PPG and 2.1 APG in 48 appearances with the Clippers. In those games, he played about 16 minutes a night. His season was cut short, however, due to a core muscle procedure.
Evans, like several other young players on the Clippers, will need to compete for minutes and a roster spot–but he is fully prepared to embrace that challenge.
“I’ve just got to compete,” Evans told the LA Times. “This is what this game is. You’ve got to come out and just compete, play hard and do whatever you need to do for your team. We’ve got to compete. May the best man win.”
Evans added that this has been a pivotal offseason for him, as he’s tried to refine many of his skills. In addition to shooting, he’s focused on how he can become a better playmaker and improve his play off the ball.
The Clippers’ depth chart at guard includes Patrick Beverley, Avery Bradley, Lou Williams, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Jerome Robinson, Milos Teodosic, Sindarius Thornwell and Evans. Gilgeous-Alexander and Robinson were both drafted in the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
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